What is giclee printing?

Giclée is a fine art term describing high quality, short-run prints. Often used to make reproductions of artwork and Photography, it's the most versatile way to print your images. Giclee (zhee-clay) - the French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".

The term "Giclee Prints" denotes superior printing technology to other processes that are more complex and less cost effective. Your images are printed with the latest generation of archival quality inks using inkjet printers  onto various substrates including fine art, canvas and photo-based paper. 


The giclee printing process provides better colour accuracy and colour gamuts than other means of reproduction - printed at 1440 dpi using high grade pigment ink, prints are sharp detail with fine tonal graduations. Three levels of black ink density for black & white prints gives incredible highlight and shadow detail - with enhanced dot quality and crisp, clear images for better-than-lab-quality prints.

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Want to know more about the history of giclee printing? See our blog post here.